J. K. Rowling takes us back to the wonderful world of Harry Potter, but this time the adventure is set well before Harry Potter was even born, these are the adventures of the mysterious author Newt Scamander and those Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Fans of Harry Potter will remember a certain school textbook being mentioned in the series of Potter books, that book is called Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The author of the school textbook is Newt Scamander, though you only really hear his name, nothing about him or his adventures.
In 2001 Rowling published an edition of the “textbook” to be sold to raise money for the charity Comic Relief. Inspired by her book of the same name, the film was produced and written by J. K. Rowling who was also making her screenwriting debut with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Eddie Redmayne is tasked with bringing the quirky character of Newt Scamander to life and he does a great job as we travel back to the Potterverse of the 1920s. With plenty in the film to keep Harry Potter fans happy this is an insight into parts of the world that had only ever been hinted at in the previous books and films. This is also the beginning of a whole new series of adventures.
Visually stunning and going at a great pace, Fantastic Beasts will be a big hit with people of all ages. The beasts and locations look amazing and you’ll easily become immersed in the sheer magic of the different beasts, with the distinct personalities of each creature along with the caring way Redmayne deals with them making them all feel very real. One creature that will very likely become a firm favorite with audiences is the Niffler, a creature that has a tendency to steel things. Another is Pickett, which has a slight resemblance to Baby Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy.
This a great film that that you can enjoy even if you are one of the few people in the world who has not seen or read any of the previous Harry Potter stories. With plenty in there to appease the die hard fans as well, this is going to be a film for people of all ages and it is a great addition to the world of Harry Potter.
If you are still unsure why don’t you check out the trailer and see for yourself.
Images and trailer courtesy of Cineworld and NE Online Magazine